LOGO

04 Feb 23 163 0 0

Luther College students address volunteer staff retention at The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa

Cool Story - Luther College students address volunteer staff retention at The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa

The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa (HSNEI) is collaborating with Luther College students Aidan Brook and Allison Hasenmiller to determine the causes of and solutions for recruiting and retaining volunteer personnel.

 

As part of Luther's 2022 Social Impact Research Fellowship, Hasenmiller, a social work major, and Brook, a management major, are applying their specialized expertise and abilities to help HSNEI (SIRF).

 

According to Brook, the main reason she was drawn to the project was her desire to collaborate with a nonprofit organization that relied heavily on volunteers and sought to address real-world issues. It was very compelling for me to commit myself to this project because of the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa's aim to assist and care for neglected and abused animals.

 

The problem

 

Brook and Hasenmiller have been collaborating with Ries Magnuson, executive director of HSNEI, to determine their needs to appropriately advance their purpose in light of their shortage of volunteers and funds.

 

Volunteers, according to Magnuson, are crucial to providing the high level of care and enrichment that the animals in our care require. "Our staff members take care of the essentials, including feeding and cleaning, but they don't have enough time to spend with the hundreds of animals we house annually to foster vital socialization. It is crucial to provide each person with enough social and intellectual stimulation to preserve both their physical and emotional well-being.

 

Without the hard work of our committed volunteers, who come to brush cats, play fetch with dogs, and sit with animals, we would not be able to provide the individualized care that each animal need.

 

Hasenmiller claims that after eight weeks of investigation, they concluded that the company's operational requirements outweighed its current human resource capabilities. It was evident that the crew was overworked, thus a remedy was required.

 

A solution

 

The entire process was incredibly approachable thanks to Allison and Aidan. They performed the research and brought back workable, tested suggestions and resources to discuss the following week after we had weekly collaborative meetings to identify areas for improvement or need. It was fascinating to watch the project transform from concepts to solutions in just eight weeks,” said Magnuson. 

 

The team generated more ideas than they could ever implement in the allotted time, so they concentrated on the easiest tasks, such as revitalizing Luther's work-study program with HSNEI and developing internship possibilities that benefit both Luther and the humane society.

 

We believed that by establishing a work-study arrangement with Luther College, we could reduce staff workloads when Luther students began to enroll. Additionally, a similar-minded internship program would be a big assist, according to Hasenmiller.

 

About the Social Impact Research Fellowship

 

The academic advisor’s Britt Rhodes, Brittany Cord, and Alexandra White founded the SIRF in 2018. Through an eight-week summer project, the SIRF program teams up one social work student and one management/accounting student with a community-based group to assist solve a problem or meet a need. The SIRF program gives Luther students the chance to actively learn through hands-on community involvement and use their abilities to support and provide resources to help their community partner organization's mission.

 

The above article is selected by CoolDeeds.org as a Cool Deed of the day. The information and the assets belong to their respective owners (original link).

 


Get inspired by these stories and start your own cool deeds. Let’s fill every neighborhood with good and cool activities. Start your first GroupUp activity or event, invite others, register participants & share your cool deeds so others can follow. Use CoolDeeds.com absolutely free tools to start your initiative. All for FREE, click here to start now.

Step 1: CREATE THE EVENT/ACTIVITY:

Get inspiration and pick a date and create an "Event / Group Up" at www.cooldeeds.com. It is absolutely FREE. There are so many ideas on www.CoolDeeds.com, let's take one and go with it or come up with your own ideas and start something good and cool in your neighborhood. Click here to get started.

Step 2: ANNOUNCE & INVITE:

Share it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts to announce. Send an invite to your friends, neighbors and family to join the "Event / Group Up".

Step 3: PERFORM EVENT & FEEL GOOD:

Perform the event, take images, videos, and share on www.CoolDeeds.com to inspire the world so others can do the same in their community and neighborhood.

You did it.......Even if you did this alone, you should be proud of yourself as we surely are. Let's start creating an "Event / Group Up" today. Please note CoolDeeds.com is absolutely FREE for all the above activities. Our only purpose is to spread good and cool activities everywhere.

Education
Six Students and Teachers Honored for Doing Good Deeds

Last week, the Coconut Creek "Do The Right Thing" award ceremony was conducted. At Coconut Creek City Hall on Thursday, five students and a teacher w...

0

56

0

Education
International Day of Education – 2023

Every year on January 24, there is a celebration of International Day of Education. It takes a more comprehensive approach to study education. Around ...

0

18

0

Education
'Heaven Cent' raises $18,000 for local charities

At the Second Line East high school on Thursday morning, St. Mary's College students and faculty officially celebrated the success of their Christmas ...

0

77

0

Education
Udemy Instructors Can Join WeVersity.Org To Earn

Udemy Video Game Design Instructor at Udemy (2018-present) said, "my experience teaching on Udemy has been poor. Even though I spent months creating h...

0

41

0

Education
Donate to California Education

New database reveals MacKenzie Scott donated hundreds of millions of dollars to California Education  MacKenzie Scott, a philanthropist, vowed t...

0

81

0

Education
Learn free education and skills to earn - WeVersity.Org

About WeVersity.Org The purpose of this organization is to provide free education, coaching, and employment to everyone in the U.S. & overseas! ...

0

106

0

Education
Operation Smile Celebrates World Kindness Day with Dedicated Student and Medical Volunteers

World Kindness Day was created in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, an alliance of international NGOs dedicated to spreading kindness. It is meant ...

0

141

0

Education
Moses Lake farm donates 8,000 pumpkins to local students and non-profits

SPOKANE, Washington - It's beginning to feel like fall as the leaves are beginning to change colors and the temperature is dropping. A farmer from Mos...

0

160

0

Education
Brock researchers launch resource site for educators, coaches

The goal of a brand-new website developed by Brock University researchers is to develop "change agents" who may assist other educators in improving th...

1

163

0

Education
LINCOLN NON-PROFITS HELP REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS WITH FREE ENGLISH CLASSES

Immigration to a country that speaks a different language than yours is one of the social problems faced by many immigrants in the USA. Due to languag...

0

162

0

Education
MANITOBA MOM FILLING BACKPACKS FOR UKRAINIAN CHILDREN’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

The new school semester is starting this august when children return from their summer vacations in the US. But this time classrooms are going to have...

0

162

0

Education
HOW SPORTS CAN PREVENT VIOLENT BEHAVIOR

The right sporting environment can help develop the skills and values that are important to both the participants and the communities they serve. Thes...

0

178

0